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Cirill Tamás Hortobágyi new archabbot of Pannonhalma

On January 6, 2018 the abbatial community of the Archabbey of Pannonhalma elected Prior Cirill Tamás Hortobágyi, O.S.B. as their new archabbot.

TODAY, February 16, the Holy Father has accepted the election and appointed Abbot Cirill as Archabbot of the Territorial Abbey of Pannonhalma, Hungary.

He succeeds Bishop Imre Asztrik Várszegi, O.S.B. as Ordinary Archabbot of Pannonhalma.

Archabbot Cirill was born on 22 February 1959.


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Spiritual Reading for Lent 2018

We are at the beginning the season of Great Lent. May I commend to you these titles for your spiritual reading and meditation (listed in no particular order):

Alexander Schmemann, Great Lent

Richard John Neuhaus, Death on a Friday Afternoon:  Meditations on the Last Words of  Jesus from the Cross 

Flannery O’Connor, A Prayer Journal 

John Behr, Becoming Human

Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God


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Pope meets with Melkite Synod of Bishops

Earlier this month the Patriarch and bishops of the Melkite Church met in Synod in Lebanon to deliberate on some serious matters concerning the Church, including the election of new bishops. Following the Synod, the bishops travelled to Rome to make a pilgrimage to the holy places –the shrines of Saints Peter and Paul– and then to meet with the Roman Pontiff in addition to meeting with the various


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St Scholastica



“See, I asked you, and you would not listen to me. So I asked my Lord, and He has listened to me.”

– Saint Scholastica


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About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]
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